Beginning MeditationCultivating an Awakened Life

Meditation is an ancient spiritual practice that has remarkable practical benefits for both body and mind. This class offers step-by-step guidance for developing a personal meditation practice using mindfulness. It presents meditation in a clear and straightforward way. Participants receive a map of the inner world and directions on how to navigate the world within. Each class offers: basic instruction in the techniques of mindfulness meditation that come from various spiritual traditions; the psychological principles and scriptural underpinnings of the practice; and clear guidance for bringing the fruits of the meditation practice into everyday life.  

10-week Beginning Meditation classes are offered every fall and winter/spring. A daylong Friday or Saturday retreat is scheduled at the beginning of each course.


  • Orientation Retreat: Thursday, February 9, 2017 OR Saturday, February 11, 2017 – 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Ten Wednesdays:  Feb. 15, 22, March 1, 8, 15, 29, April 5, 12, 19, 26, 2017
  • Time: Wednesday class is offered 10:00–11:30 a.m. OR 1:00-2:30 p.m. OR 7:00–8:30 p.m.
  • Ten Tuesdays: Feb. 14, 21, 28, 7, 14, 28, April 4, 11, 18, 25, 2017
  • Tuesday evening class is offered 7:00-8:30 p.m.
  • The same class is offered mornings, afternoons and evenings.  Participants choose a session to attend. 
  • Instructor: Fr. Joe Mitchell, CP    
  • Course Fee: $175. However, no one is refused for lack of funds.

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Additional Downtown Venue for Beginning Meditation

  • Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts, 501 W Main St, Louisville, KY 40202
  • Orientation Retreat: Thursday, February 9, 2017 OR Saturday, February 11, 2017 – 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Ten Tuesday classes 8:15am-9:30am: February 14, 21, 28, March 7, 14, 28, April 4, 11, 18, 25, 2017 
  • Instructor: Fr. Joe Mitchell, CP  
  • Course Fee: $185
  • Registration online.  Please call the Earth & Spirit Center for more information at 502-452-2749 or email: 

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“Mindful meditation has been truly revolutionary for me. I highly recommend this course for anyone wishing to develop a greater sense of internal serenity or a stronger understanding of self.” – Sarah Davasher-Wisdom, Chief Operating Officer for Greater Louisville, Inc.


“I would highly recommend the introduction to mindfulness meditation course to everyone. It has had a profound effect on me and how I view and handle all aspects of life.” – Jane Morreau, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Brown-Forman Corporation


“Most powerful course I've ever taken! I learned how to clear my mind and make a path for my emotional intelligence to guide me. I'm healthier, happier and more productive.” – Barbara Sexton Smith, Chief Liaison for Compassionate Schools Project and member of the Louisville-Jefferson County Metro Council


“I'd recommend this class to anyone searching for a deeper meaning to their existence, more purpose to their daily activities, or simply peace amidst the general chaos of life.” – Brian Riendeau, Executive Director, Dare to Care Food Bank


“The course was amazing and I highly recommend it, as it truly helped bring focus, clarity and peace of mind to my business and life.” – Joshua Rose, Attorney at Law, Abell Rose LLC


“Even if you have done meditation before, this wonderful class provides the opportunity to deepen your experience by learning from a master teacher. It brings mindfulness meditation alive with engaging and clear presentations.” – Cynthia Campbell, Pastor, Highland Presbyterian Church 


“The course made it easy to turn a mysterious concept mindfulness into a simple and generative practice that will serve me for a lifetime.  I would recommend it to anyone!” – Tom Williams, lawyer at Stoll Keenon Ogden and co-chairman of the Partnership for a Compassionate Louisville


“The Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation class launched me on a remarkable journey into an awareness of myself and the world around me, giving me a renewed sense of freedom and inner peace.” – Jim Wayne, member of the Kentucky House of Representatives


“This course on mindfulness meditation offers a beacon of hope for those who search for meaning. A balm for Earth and life itself.” – Marianne Welch


“With weekly sessions to guide practice and inspiring daily messages, developing a regular meditation practice for calm and serenity has been natural and enriching.” – Linda Valentine, former Executive Director, Presbyterian Church (USA) and corporate attorney.


“The mindfulness meditation course offered by the Earth & Spirit Center has helped me in a compassionate and highly effective manner.” – Dr. Robb Shrader, M.D., Ophthalmologist


“Taking the 10-week class provided an awakening on how to take the practice of mediation into being a strong, empathetic business leader.” – Dan Forte, Vice President for Programming and Events, Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts




There are three ways to register for a program.

  • Register by MAIL - download program brochure and registration form; mail form and payment to the Earth & Spirit Center
  • Register by PHONE - call Earth & Spirit Center and make payment with credit card
  • Register ONLINE - complete registration form below; make online payment with credit card 


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